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The following awards form an essential element of this school’s curriculum offerings.  The range of awards and rewards characterise the importance that all members of our school community place on striving for success and recognising personal and group achievements.

Academic award (DUX)

Book prizes and Trophy to the value of $55.00.  To be presented to the highest academic achiever in Year 6. 

Criteria:  Points allocated for English, Maths, Science, History, SOSE, Technology, and Health. A – 5 points    B – 4 points     C – 3 points

Points are tallied with the student accumulating the greatest number of points awarded DUX. School Diagnostic Assessments may be used to decide a tie.  Yr 6 teachers are to determine recipient in consultation with Principal.

Citizenship award

Book Prize plus trophy to value of $55.00.  Awarded for all round contribution to school community for children in Yr 6.

Consider: School Captains, House Captains, Student Council, special roles and responsibilities, efforts in the “Behaviour” sections of the report cards, club/organisation/sporting affiliations, environmental involvement, general conduct, reliability, responsibility and courtesy.  Yr 6 teachers are to determine recipient in consultation with Principal.

LOTE award

Book prize and medallion to the value of $35.00. To be presented at Concert/Awards night. 

This will be judged on the child’s LOTE accomplishments in Yr 6.  Classroom assessment and achievement in every lesson will be considered.  LOTE teachers are to determine the recipient.  The child’s name will be engraved on the LOTE Award shield.

Creative Arts award

Book prize and medallion to the value of $35.00. To be presented at Concert/Awards night.  The child’s name will be engraved on the Art Shield. 

This award is presented to a child in Year 6 who displays skill, effort, commitment, potential and interest in the 5 strands of the Arts (Drama, Media, Dance, Visual Art and Music).  Such an award will also consider the musical contributions to classroom music, participation to Arts Space, school band, school concert and the District’s Eisteddfod.  It will also be determined by evaluating achievement.  Yr 6 teachers, in consultation with Music Teacher, will decide on the recipient.

Environmental award

Book prize and medallion to the value of $35.00. To be presented at Concert/Awards night. 

Students from Yrs 5-6 can be considered.  Activities both within the school and in the wider community may be taken into account.  Commitment to the maintenance of school livestock and gardens, or the environmental track outside the school, must be demonstrated.  Active involvement in the school’s Reef Guardians is also essential.  The child’s name will be engraved on the Environmental Shield.  The Reef Guardian teacher will select the recipient. 

Instrumental Music award

Book prize and medallion to the value of $35.00. To be presented at Concert/Award Night.  

Yr 5-6 Instrumental students are eligible.  This will be judged by the Instrumental Teacher for musical accomplishment and improvement.  The child’s name will be engraved on the Instrumental Shield.

Female/Male Sportsperson of the Year award

Book prize and trophy to the value of $55.00. To be presented to the Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year at Concert/Awards night.  Name is engraved on the “Port Douglas State School Annual Sports Award” shield, to remain at the school.


Sporting awards

Sporting Awards take the form of medallions.  These are usually presented on the day of the carnival or on the next Parade.

Cross Country/Athletics/Swimming awards

Individual Age Champions from age 9 and above, plus Douglas Cluster or higher representatives.  Douglas Award is an appropriate medallion.  Capricornia level or higher is an engraved medallion presented on Awards Night.

In the event of a student being unable to participate on the day of a school sports carnival, consideration of timing the student outside the day will be offered on the following basis only:

  1. in all cases, as soon as a sporting clash becomes evident, the school will attempt to re-schedule our sports day

  2. the student must be absent only for an education event

  3. on no account will times be considered if the student is absent for a private matter (e.g. sick) or for a club sporting event

  4. the times will NOT be considered for Age Champion or House points, but for DZ selection only.

NB.  For Cross Country, Individual Age Champion medallions are awarded for Age Groups from 9 years and above.  2nd 3rd ribbons are distributed for these age groups.  Lower School compete at class level (watching for 9 year olds in Yr 3).  Lower School receive 1st, 2nd & 3rd ribbons.  Prep students enter as a fun event only at the beginning of the day.  All participants receive ice blocks and participation stickers.   (Be aware of 13 year olds.)

NB.  For Athletics and Swimming Carnivals, Individual Age Champion medallions are awarded for Age Groups from 9 years and above.  1st, 2nd 3rd ribbons are distributed for these age groups.  Lower School receive 1st, 2nd & 3rd ribbons.  Every student competes at age level and all results are recorded, including Prep. (Be aware of 13 year olds.)

NB.  13 Years Age Champion is only awarded if times are competitive.    Points are allocated according to position to placement in the 12/13 yr event.  (Care must be taken to make sure there are 1st, 2nd & 3rd etc for the 12 years.)

General sport awards

Success awards are given to students who train for and play in a school team and for achieving representation at Douglas Cluster level or above, or display particular aptitude and/or sportsmanship in the sports area.  Medallions are given to students who represent the school on Douglas Cluster teams.

FNQ representatives

FNQ Medallions are presented on Concert Night to children who represent at FNQ level.  (Medallions are engraved with “FNQ Representative”.)

QLD Sports representatives

Members of State teams are presented on Concert Night and engraved on the Qld Sports Representatives shield.

Certificates of excellence

Certificates are printed and presented at the Day Performance of the Concert/Awards event.  All students are eligible if they attain an overall A over the two reports of the current year in the Behaviour Comment section.  Reports from previous schools for Semester One will be taken into consideration.  Classroom teachers are to determine the recipients.

Academic, Friends and Most Improved Awards

These awards are presented to students at the end of year presentation evening. One student in each year level from Prep to Year 5 will receive each award.  Class teachers will determine the recipients.

School leadership badges

a)      School Captains: School badges & “Captains Badge” in school colours.

b)      Vice Captains: as above.

c)      House Captains: as above. 

d)     House Vice Captains: as above.

e)      Student Representative Council members: as above. 

Student of the week awards

Presented weekly at Monday Assemblies by Class Teachers in conjunction with Principal.

Certificates to recognise special efforts in areas such as:

Academic effort, Road Safety, Citizenship, Progress, Personal effort, Sportsmanship, etc...

Teacher developed schemes

Awards schemes implemented by individual teachers will vary based on the child’s developmental level, teacher/student preferences and the purpose for which the award is made.

Options May Include:

a)      Verbal reward (praise)

b)      Stamps, stars, stickers.

c)      Positive reinforcement (written)

d)     Individual/group conferencing

e)      Reward of special “opportunity”, “enrichment activity”, “leadership role”.

f)       A range of certificates to acknowledge accomplishments.

g)      Sharing “work” with others (Different classes, adults, etc.)

h)      Letters to parents

i)        Peer appraisal

j)        Self-assessment

k)      Special Principal awards and stickers.

* A record of all awards and recipients will be maintained throughout the year.

Port points

See Responsible Behaviour Plan for Students.

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